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Red Sox, Twins pitchers lead the way when it comes to getting shelled

May 5, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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Expanding on a tweet from ESPN’s Jeremy Lundblad, here’s the number of times each team in baseball has had a pitcher give up at least five earned runs this season.

14 – Red Sox
12 – Twins
8 – Rockies, Yankees
7 – Cubs, Mets
6 – Angels, Blue Jays, Braves, Mariners, Rangers, Royals, Tigers
5 – Athletics, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Padres
4 – Astros, Rays, Reds, White Sox
3 – Dodgers, Marlins, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates
2 – Nationals
1 – Cardinals, Indians

Aaron Cook was the victim for Boston today, giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings before coming out of his Red Sox debut against the Orioles.

The Orioles, at just three, are probably the surprise of the list with their hot start. They led the majors with 50 such outings of five or more earned runs last year, with the Twins right behind at 49. The Padres (18), Phillies (19) and Nationals (20) had the fewest last season.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - May 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Last time I will bring this up, but its funny a “little league team” has a better record than the Twins.

  2. gotampabay52 - May 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Last time I saw Boston at the top of a list it was for the city with the worst looking women and men who are ass holes New York took 2nd Philly 3rd

    • aceshigh11 - May 5, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Bozo4all? DirtyHarry0000?

      Is that you?

      • Kevin S. - May 5, 2012 at 6:56 PM

        Rays fans, you know you’ve arrived as a fanbase when you’ve got your own douchebag trolls.

        Congrats, guys.

      • proudlycanadian - May 5, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        It is not Harry. He is a Yankee fan.

  3. sir1389 - May 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Orioles biggest surprise? How about Indians with only 1 so far. Since when did they have such good pitching?

    • Kevin S. - May 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Fangraphs rated their starting rotation fifth coming into this season.

  4. aceshigh11 - May 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    I CANNOT BELIEVE how pathetic the Red Sox are this year.

    “Embarrassing” doesn’t even begin to describe this bunch of overpaid losers.

    Everyone was screaming for Aaron Cook like he was the second coming of Christ, and he got shelled by the Orioles today…

    …which, ironically, means that he’s right at home in the rotation with our other bum pitchers.

    Season’s over already…blow this team up and start rebuilding.

    • drewzducks - May 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Have to agree. They suck at home because I think they realize that except for the pink hats, most of the people in the crowd can’t stand them and they have no comfort level. It’s hard to blame Valentine for this mess. And am I the only one who seems to think that the idea of Beckett mentoring their younger pitchers for the last several years has backfired. Lester has adopted his miserable/ surly prick demeanor not to mention his deliberate pace and wasting so many pitches. And Buchholz is just as bad. Probably the most unlikeable and dysfunctional team I can remember and I’ve been watching them since the 70’s. But at least they have their sellout streak and a brick that you can purchase for a small fee by dialing….

      • aceshigh11 - May 5, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        Good post.

        I never thought of why they’ve been so atrocious at home this year, but your theory makes a lot of sense. The Sox were ALWAYS one of the best home teams in the game over the past 6-7 years, and now it seems like they can’t wait to get out of town…wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of it has to do with the shame they feel. The crowds are dead out there nowadays, and people routinely leave early.

        I think Beckett is really at the root of a lot of this dysfunction. I never liked the guy even when he was dealing like an ace. His attitude is beyond abysmal…now, when he was one of the best pitchers out there, you could at least chalk that up to a guy who keeps a chip on his shoulder to maintain his “edge”…

        …but now that he’s decidedly average more often than not, he’s just a garden-variety prick. The fact that he’s completely unrepentant about last year shows he has no character, and he really seems to have wrecked the personalities of the other pitchers on the roster.

        Valentine has been totally set up as the scapegoat. I feel sorry for the guy, honestly. I realize he’s not the most sympathetic guy, but he didn’t sign on for THIS.

      • petey1999 - May 6, 2012 at 12:06 AM

        So you guys seem to want to blame Beckett for the overall demise of the pitching staff, and maybe of the entire team, this year and last. What role does the pitching coach play in all of this? Is it a coincidence that the pitchers weren’t assholes and jerks, at least in popular opinion, until after John Farrell left? Even during last September’s disaster, I never read anything that suggested that Curt Young should be held accountable for that train wreck. And this year…I bet you don’t even know who the pitching coach is.

      • drewzducks - May 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Petey sounds like you’re new to decades of dysfunction within the inter workings if the Red Sox It was well reported that when Farrell was coach he ran an extremely tight ship and was not one to be messed with. Bard and Buchholz spoke often of the fact that they were intimidated by him. As for Curt Young, he currently has his lesser known and on paper at least inferior staff at an ERA of about 3.5, second in the AL or about 2 runs less than the Sox. Also, prior to joining the Sox, his A’s in 2010 had the best ERA in the AL. McClure has come in to a situation, for the first time in his career, with a veteran laden staff. He’s not the one regularly throwing 20+ pitch innings. If these guys arent professional enough to lead on their own and need to be babysat then id say this says a lot more about them than the pitching coach. It’s also hard to blame him for the injuries that have resulted in relief pitchers not in their normal roles. A lot of this falls on the GMs old and new developing an uneven and clearly underperforming roster. However, the majority of this comes from the starting staff, and more specifically the supposed leaders, Beckett, Lester and Buchholz.

    • MTLighthouse69 - May 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      The Red Sox poor performances aren’t any great surprise. They never dealt with the issues in the locker room. The only thing they did was fire the manager. Where is the locker room leadership? There isn’t any. If you have to look at Becket for leadership, then you know the Red Sox are in trouble.

      The problem is that they can’t dump Beckett, because his contract is too big. The Sox would have to eat a lot of that contract and get very little in return.

      They can’t dump Youkilis, because he makes too much money and can’t stay healthy.

      It is definitely a bridge year for the Sox, whether they want to admit it or not. The amazing thing is that they re-signed Ortiz for this season.

      • aceshigh11 - May 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        Well at least for now…Ortiz is earning his contract.

        He may be a whiny diva when it comes to money, but I don’t think he’s a negative influence in the clubhouse.

        And Youk may be a pain in the ass, but it stems from caring TOO MUCH about the game.

        You know, it may be presumptuous on my part to blame it all on Beckett…obviously no one really knows the truth, but just based on what we all see of him in public, he’s GOTTA be a large chunk of the problem.

  5. hushbrother - May 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Reason #1 why the Red Sox are stinking up the joint this year

  6. MTLighthouse69 - May 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Becket’s attitude sucks. He had an opportunity to pitch yesterday and he didn’t. Unless management gets off their collective asses and deals with Beckett publicly, nothing is going to change.

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